Saturday, July 30, 2011

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July, 29, 2011:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 29, 2011
* NYNY1107.29

- Birds mentioned

GRAY-HOODED GULL+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

LEAST BITTERN
WHIMBREL
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
GLAUCOUS GULL
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Summer Tanager
Grasshopper Sparrow

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc3 [AT] nybirds.org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Jeanne Skelly - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
420 Chili-Scottsville Rd.
Churchville, NY 14428

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 29th 2011 at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are a report of a GRAY-HOODED GULL, shorebird migration, LEAST BITTERN, WHIMBREL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT and GLAUCOUS GULL.

A GRAY-HOODED GULL was found today at Coney Island in Brooklyn. It was seen on the beach associating with Laughing Gulls between the Ferris Wheel and Nathan's. The origins of this bird are uncertain. There is a Florida record in 1998. The literature notes that the bird has limited migratory movement.

Last Saturday 17 species of shorebirds were notes at the Cupsogue / Pike's Beach area highlighted by 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER. Also seen at this location were 4 ROYAL TERNS, 2 BLACK TERNS, a ROSEATE TERN and a GLAUCOUS GULL.

The water level at Jamaica Bay East Pond remains high and the personnel at Jamaica Bay are lowering the water level. An average of 14 species of shorebirds were seen through the week highlighted by a HUDSONIAN GODWIT through Wednesday along with 30 to 40 STILT SANDPIPERS and a WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Today at North Line Island in South Oyster Bay near Seaford [...] shorebirds were counted highlighted by hundreds of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

The family of LEAST BITTERNS previously reported at the Massapequa Preserve continue through the week with the count of fledgling birds up to 4.

A flight of 14 WHIMBRELS were seen at Mecox Bay last Saturday and 2 BLACK TERNS were at this locale today.

An apparent locally bred SUMMER TANAGER was reported from East Hampton last Sunday and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen last Saturday at Napeague.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

- End transcript

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